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Making Sense of Grammar
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When the context is clear, the noun following the relative clause is often omitted. The 的de phrase, thus, becomes a noun clause.

上个月,我哥哥﹑弟弟各买了一辆新车;哥哥买的是日本车,弟弟买的是美国车。

Shàng gè yuè,wǒ gē gē﹑dì dì gè mǎi le yī liàng xīn chē;gē gē mǎi de shì rì běn chē,dì dì mǎi de shì měi guó chē。

Last month, my older brother and my younger brother each bought a new car; what my older brother bought was a Japanese car; what my younger brother bought was an American car.

王:你的中文老师姓什么?

Wáng :nǐ de zhōng wén lǎo shī xìng shí me ?

Wang: What is the last name of your Chinese teacher?

李:我有两个中文老师;教语法的姓白,教会话的姓丁。

Lǐ :wǒ yǒu liǎng gè zhōng wén lǎo shī ;jiāo yǔ fǎ de xìng bái ,jiāo huì huà de xìng dīng 。

Li: I have two Chinese teachers. The one who teaches grammar is (last name is) Bai;

the one who teaches conversation is (last name is) Ding.

昨天的舞会,没有吃的,没有喝的,真没有意思。

Zuó tiān de wǔ huì,méi yǒu chī de,méi yǒu hē de,zhēn méi yǒu yì sī。

At yesterday’s dance party, there was no food and there were no drinks; it was really

boring.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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